Imagine an art room, filled with materials and tools. An orderly ‘disorder’…there are just so many units and objects defining line, shape, color, form, motion, texture, pattern, direction, orientation, scale, angle, space and proportion!
Now imagine the room filled with young learners, 3 years of age, waiting patiently with art smocks on, seated, keenly following instructions, asked to “sit please” with hands folded in their laps, while the paint pallets, paint brushes and water cups in front of them, beacon these tiny hands to get into the thick of it…but they do not. The children are listening.
They are listening to the atelierista explain, a pumpkin, its stem and the vine it grows on. The children are asked to remember the pumpkins they had begun to paint during their last Studio class. Heads are nodding as the memory of their painting comes back to them.
At Richland Academy, the arts are regarded as an instrument of expression and considered an important component of the ‘Hundred Languages of Children.’ Students engage in active learning programs that instil confidence...